Easy sausage fried rice with garlic and ginger

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Published: Sep 3, 2021 · Modified: Feb 5, 2022 by Tania · 2 Comments · This post may contain affiliate links.

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This Chinese Sausage Fried Rice is super delicious and very easy khổng lồ make. It takes just 20 minutes to lớn make, so it’s a great option for busy evenings!

I lượt thích to make Chinese sausage fried rice (“lap cheong fried rice”) for dinner or as a side dish to serve with other Asian dishes at home. It’s so incredibly good & comforting!

We love making fried rice because it’s quick, easy, and packed with so much flavor in every bite. Read on to find kitchen-tested tips and tricks khổng lồ make the best fried rice ever at home!


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I grew up eating fried rice all the time, and this particular Chinese sausage fried rice has a special place in my heart.

Chinese sweet sausage is a staple in Cantonese cuisine. My family is originally from southern China, & so this is something that we always had at home. It’s got a savory, sweet & smoky flavor profile, all in one.

This dish comes together in less than 20 minutes, so it’s a great weeknight dinner idea. You can serve it along with other dishes, such as this Chinese Corn and Chicken Soup or Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

Chinese sausage fried rice is my favorite dish khổng lồ make with this ingredient. I’d highly recommend using a carbon steel wok lớn make this recipe!

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How to Make Great Fried Rice

If there are 5 rules I abide lớn when making fried rice, it’s these:

Don’t soak it with sauce! Fried rice is NOT supposed lớn be soaked in sauce. Use enough sauce lớn give the rice a gentle golden brown color.Use leftover, day-old rice: Day-old rice is drier, which holds up better and absorbs the sauce without getting too wet – the rice grains should be separated.Use HIGH heat: Ensures proper flavor development.Have all the ingredients prepped: It all happens really fast.Don’t overcrowd: The last thing you want is lớn “steam” the fried rice by overcrowding the wok or skillet. Make it in batches if needed, or use a large carbon steel wok or skillet.
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What is Chinese Sausage (Lap Cheong)?

Chinese sausage, pronounced “lap cheong” in Cantonese Chinese, is a cured or preserved pork sausage. It’s got a savory, sweet and smoky flavor profile, all in one. It also has great texture so it’s perfect for fried rice, stir fries, and more.

There are several types of delicious Asian cured sausage, but my favorite is the Cantonese-style sweet sausage. It has a red-ish màu sắc and it comes in refrigerated packages. This Chinese sausage fried rice recipe works really well with sweet sausage.

Every Asian grocery store will most certainly have it.


Why You Need to lớn Use Leftover Rice

Always use day-old rice khổng lồ make fried rice. It’s a rule I try not khổng lồ break. You can either use leftover rice or make extra rice the day before. Remember to refrigerate the rice.

Day-old rice is best because it’s drier và firmer. So, when cooked over high heat, the grains separate beautifully. It also does a great job absorbing the sauce without getting too wet.

The type of rice matters here too. Use long-grain rice. My favorite is Jasmine rice because it is fragrant và absorbs water very well.

Have you ever tried making fried rice with freshly steamed rice? It will most likely turn out too mushy & sticky.


What if I don’t have day-old rice?

Fair question.

Life happens…you forget to make extra rice the day before, or someone ate all the rice without telling you. Sudden fried rice cravings should be taken seriously (only half-joking here…).

Here’s what I vì chưng when that happens:

Steam the rice with less water. In normal circumstances, for every 1 cup of rice, I use 1 ⅓ cups water. However, in this case, use 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons of water for every 1 cup of rice.Then, scoop the rice onto a sheet pan onto a thin single layer.Refrigerate the rice for 2-3 hours, uncovered.After that, the rice should have dried up enough khổng lồ make a great fried rice!

For the fried rice:

Chinese sweet sausage: Remove the casings. You can find it at most Asian grocery stores.Beaten eggs: No need to địa chỉ any seasonings.Scallions: whites và greens separated. The whites are used along with the garlic for the aromatics. The greens are added at the end, & as garnish.Garlic: For the aromatics, finely minced.Oil: For the wok or skillet. Use vegetable, canola, or peanut oil. Don’t use olive oil.Day-old cooked jasmine rice: Cook the rice the day before và refrigerate. This will make the rice drier, which helps with texture.Green peas: Use frozen (thawed). Don’t use canned.Salt to taste: The sauce may not be enough khổng lồ season the rice completely, so season some more at the end.

For the sauce:

Soy sauce: For savory flavors. Use light or regular soy sauce.

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Oyster sauce: For flavor.Sesame oil: Adds a fragrant taste. Don’t use too much, it can be overpowering.Water: khổng lồ loosen up the sauce a bit, makes it easier for the rice to absorb.A dash of ground trắng pepper: for flavor.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Make the sauce

Simply whisk all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Note: You’ll notice that there won’t be a lot of sauce. That’s intentional. Good fried rice shouldn’t be drenched in sauce.


2. Cook the eggs

Heat oil over medium-high heat. Showroom the beaten eggs, break them apart into smaller pieces as they cook. Transfer khổng lồ a plate và set aside. You’ll địa chỉ it back later.

Tip: You can use a large work (preferably made of carbon steel) or a large 12-inch nonstick skillet.


3. Cook the sausage và aromatics

Add about 1 tablespoon of oil to the wok over high heat. Then địa chỉ the diced Chinese sausage & cook for a few seconds.Push the sausage to the sides and add a little bit more oil in the center. địa chỉ cửa hàng in the minced ginger and scallions (white parts only). Cook for 1 minute or until fragrant, stirring.

Tip: The ingredients will cook very fast, so keep an eye on it, and stir fry constantly to lớn prevent burning.


4. Showroom the rice and peas

Add the cold day-old rice khổng lồ the wok, breaking it apart & tossing it with the spatula so that it gets warm and heated through. The grains should separate, no clumps of rice should remain. If needed, add a bit more oil lớn break the grains loose.Add the thawed peas & toss a few more times until warm.

Tip: Try not lớn “stir” the rice, but instead toss the ingredients with a spatula, or better yet…do the wok toss!


5. Add sauce

Add the prepared sauce to the warmed up rice & toss to combine. If using a wok, add the sauce around the sides so it flows down khổng lồ the rice. If using a skillet, just drizzle it on top.

Tip: Stir in the sauce gradually khổng lồ your liking. Again, fried rice is NOT supposed to lớn be soaked in sauce. Use enough sauce to lớn give the rice a gentle golden brown color.


5. Return the eggs and địa chỉ scallions

Return the cooked eggs to lớn the wok và toss a few times khổng lồ warm it up again. Season with salt to lớn taste – the sauce may not be salty enough. Showroom the sliced scallions (green parts) and toss a few more times.

I like to garnish with more scallions.


Prep Ahead Tips

Here are a few tips to prepare the ingredients in advance. Obviously, the rice needs to be cooked and refrigerated in advance.

Definitely, cook the rice the day before, or up khổng lồ 2 days early. Once the rice has cooled down, refrigerate in a container overnight. It’s hard khổng lồ make fried rice with freshly steamed rice.The sauce can be made the day before and refrigerated.

If you forget lớn make the rice in advance, there are ways khổng lồ still make great fried rice! check out the “What if I don’t have day-old rice?” section above, or the recipe thẻ notes.


Pairing & Serving Ideas

You can serve this Chinese sausage fried rice with other stir fries or Asian main dishes. Try my Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups or my Chinese Chicken Corn Soup.

I also lượt thích to serve it with sautéd Asian vegetables, such as baby bok choy or Chinese broccoli (gai lan).


How vày I steam rice?

For every 1 cup of rice use 1 ⅓ cups of water. I’d recommend jasmine rice.


What can I vày if I don’t have leftover day-old rice?

Cook rice with less water. Try 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons water per every cup of rice. Then, scoop the cooked rice onto a sheet pan on a thin single layer. Refrigerate the rice for 2-3 hours, uncovered. This should be good for fried rice.


Does the rice need khổng lồ be cold?

Yes, make sure you refrigerate overnight. Keeping it cold will make it easier khổng lồ break the clumps of rice apart.


How much sauce should I use?

Enough khổng lồ give the rice a gentle golden brown color. The sauce amount in this recipe should be enough to lớn achieve this, but you can adjust khổng lồ taste by adding it gradually.


That’s it! This Chinese sausage fried rice recipe is super simple và easy khổng lồ make. It’s my go-to fried rice recipe whenever I am feeling homesick. Basically, my comfort food.

I hope you lượt thích this dish as much as we do! Happy cooking!


Tips for Success

Go easy on the sauce sauce.Fried rice is not supposed to lớn be soaked in sauce. Use enough sauce to lớn give the rice a gentle golden brown color.Use day-old long-grain rice: It holds up better & does a better job absorbing the sauce without getting too wet.To make rice, use the proper rice to water ratio. The steamed rice can’t be too wet or sticky, even if you refrigerate it overnight. For every 1 cup of rice use 1 ⅓ cups of water. I’d recommend jasmine rice.Have all the ingredients ready before you start – everything cooks very fast

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Chinese Sausage Fried Rice


This quick & easy fried rice is perfect lớn use up any leftover rice you have. It's delicious & full of amazing Cantonese Chinese flavors. Perfect as a main dish or as a side.